Inspired by her 100 year old grandmother’s workout routine, Sky Bergman decided to document her unbelievable routine and lifestyle. Realizing the positive impact of her grandmother’s example, Sky set out in search of other positive and inspiring stories of aging. The overwhelming response inspired her badass trailblazing journey to becoming a filmmaker. Now playing on PBS, her directorial debut film, “Lives Well Lived”, celebrates the lives of our elders, sharing 40 inspiring stories of older adults. Sky is an accomplished, award winning photographer and artist. Her artwork is included in permanent collections at the LA County Museum of Art, Brooklyn Museum , Seattle Art Museum, Santa Barbara Museum of Art and the Bibliotheque Nationale de France. Her commercial work has appeared on book covers from Random House and Farrar, Straus and Giroux Inc. as well as magazine spreads in Smithsonian, Arthur Frommer’s Budget Travel, Reader's Digest and Archeology Odyssey. Sky is currently a professor of photography and video at Cal Poly State University in San Luis Obispo.
What You Will Hear in This Episode:
Sky’s grandmother’s influence and inspiration as an active 90+ woman.
How the Lives Well Lived project began and the personal accounts and stories that inspired Sky to turn her project into a film.
Lives Well Lived timeline, creative financing, process, team and success. 10 years in the making.
Asking for help. Being kind, genuine and authentic in your purpose.
3 common themes amongst older adults 1) Everyone needs a sense of purpose. 2) Good sense of community 3) Sense of resilience.
Ageism and staying relevant as we age.
The impact and importance of intergenerational connections. Diversity, equity and inclusion.
Advice on following your passion.
“Instead of saying “why?” say, “why not?”.”
“If I don’t know how to do something it’s ok to admit that I don’t know how to do it.”
“Happiness is a state of mind, you can be happy with what you have or miserable with what you don’t have, you decide.” - Dr. Louis Tedone “Lucky Louis”
“The last 100 years is the first time in human history that we’ve looked to anyone other than our elders for advice.” - Huffington Post
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